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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.41
    Originally posted by Tribal Prophet
      Originally posted by Scottyflamingo

      Re: MWC. When Jefferson replaced Steve it was entirely different. With Steve, the focus of the show was how awful the Bundy's were and how shocking it was to newlyweds Steve and Marci. When Steve left, it was more like The Simpsons where everyone was an oddball character.


    I was trying to remember if the show changing so much had already happened, or if Jefferson coming on board was the catalyst for the change. As best as I can remember, the major turning point for the show happened with the changing of that character, so I figure the show changed due to a conscious effort by the writers to take advantage of a new character.

    I'll also add Markie Post and Marsha Warfield taking over their roles on Night Court. Jon Stewart taking over for Kilborn on The Daily Show was a big improvement too.


MWC was changing before Jefferson came with Marci becoming more aggressive toward Al and Steve turning into a loser instead of an overachiever. Him leaving was basically the perfect end to his character arc.

All of Night Court's changes were good. Selma was great, but Florence was a step down, the Marcia Warfield came in and was a suitable replacement. I would definately say the Roz/Christine era was the best.

I'm probably the only person to prefer the Kilborn Daily Show, but really it is an entirely different show. Kilborn's was a pure comedy show whereas Stewart's is only one when he needs the "I'm just a comedian" excuse. Huzzah!
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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.87
    Originally posted by Tribal Prophet
    I gotta say replacing Steve with Jefferson D'Arcy on Married With Children made it a whole new show. Ted McGinley brought a lot of energy to that show that just wasn't there before.


Agreed, it was the opposite of Happy Days.

Related to McGinley- Megan Fox replacing some girl on Hope & Faith.



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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.94
    Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
    I'm probably the only person to prefer the Kilborn Daily Show, but really it is an entirely different show. Kilborn's was a pure comedy show whereas Stewart's is only one when he needs the "I'm just a comedian" excuse. Huzzah!


No you're not. When Kilborn was on the show, it was a hilariously funny send-up of the nightly news show, where as Stewart has turned it into just another news show with some comedy added. Personally, I thought the show started going in the wrong direction when they killed off Brian Unger and stopped doing God Stuff.

Another show I thought of was NYPD Blue. It got way better without David Caruso. Jimmy Smitts was awesome and even Ricky Schroeder was an improvement. Zack from Saved By The Bell was a step backwards.




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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.39
    Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
    All of Night Court's changes were good.
I never forgave Mac for replacing Lana.

(Everybody talking about "Night Court" in this thread is old)

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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.48
    Originally posted by Cerebus
    When Kilborn was on the show, it was a hilariously funny
No. Not ever. No matter how you finish that sentence.
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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.61
A few recent examples:

Parks and Rec, replacing Leslie's first love interest with Adam Scott and adding Rob Lowe helped that show make the leap and become one of the funniest shows on TV. That and Ron Swanson.

Not sure if there any Shark Tank fans, but that show got infinitely better when Mark Cuban joined the panel as one the sharks. Him going head-to-head with Kevin or Robert for a deal is fantastic TV.
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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.98
    Originally posted by Cerebus
    Replacing Ted Dancing for Lawrence Fishburne on CSI has given the show some much needed character. Fishburne, while he is a great actor, really wasn't working out well on the show and Dancing is certainly a better fit for the role.

    Jury is still out on Elizabeth Shue, who has never really been good in anything.
Ted Danson has rocked it on CSI. I didn't watch a single episode of the Fishburne seasons...but I've caught every one of Dansons. As for Elisabeth Shue - she plays well off Ted, so I like her. Interesting how there's been zilch mention of Fishburne since the first episode, when Doc Robbins mentioned him moving back to Baltimore. Hmmmm...

Night Court got good when the revolving door of talent finished...but most of the time it wasn't their fault. If memory serves correctly, Florence replaced Selma (or was it the other way around?) because she died, and then the replacement died right afterward. Roz joined afterward and that was it.



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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.00
    Originally posted by Cerebus
    Jury is still out on Elizabeth Shue, who has never really been good in anything.


Go watch Leaving Las Vegas.
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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.77
MASH took a turn when Col. Blake was replaced by Col. Potter. The series was evolving from farce to earnest sermonizing, but Potter gave it gravity. Frank and Hot Lips could no longer wear down the CO to protest Hawkeye and Trapper John. He also showed that "regular army" wasn't heartless and clueless. He gave the service dignity.



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#30 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.62
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    MASH took a turn when Col. Blake was replaced by Col. Potter. The series was evolving from farce to earnest sermonizing, but Potter gave it gravity. Frank and Hot Lips could no longer wear down the CO to protest Hawkeye and Trapper John. He also showed that "regular army" wasn't heartless and clueless. He gave the service dignity.


Speaking of MASH, Charles Emerson Winchester III was a pretty good Frank replacement. He actually fit in in The Swamp a bit. And it also led to Charle's tears in the final episode. Well worth the switch.
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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03

I may in the minority, but I prefer Trapper/Henry era over BJ/Potter.





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#32 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
    Originally posted by Cerebus

    Jury is still out on Elizabeth Shue, who has never really been good in anything.

Have you not seen Palmetto?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv9ypl8pzJk (maybe don't watch this at work)

NYPD Blue was just an average cop show with swearing, until Caruso left and Smits came aboard. Jimmy Smits was so awesome in that show, and him dying was one of the most heart wrenching TV Deaths of all time. Ricky Schroeder was good in his role, but I always just kept saying "Hey, it's Ricky Schroeder!". By the time Zach rolled around, I was over the former role thing, and actually enjoyed his performances.

And Diane is so much greater than Rebecca.

For all the M*A*S*H talk, nobody has mentioned when Klinger took over when Radar got sent home. His character became more believable, and it was actually a step up from Radar just saying people's line half a second before they did, or acting all "gosh darn, I don't know what's going on". By the time you're in your mid to upper 20s, and have been in a war zone, you should have grown up a bit.
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#33 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.77
    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    For all the M*A*S*H talk, nobody has mentioned when Klinger took over when Radar got sent home. His character became more believable, and it was actually a step up from Radar just saying people's line half a second before they did, or acting all "gosh darn, I don't know what's going on". By the time you're in your mid to upper 20s, and have been in a war zone, you should have grown up a bit.



The early MASH episodes have Radar as a co-conspirator of Hawkeye, Trapper, Ugly John, Spearchucker, and one incredibly cute Nurse Cutler (who went on to be Mrs. Kotter). Radar was even chasing nurses. As the show moved along, they made him simple.

He was a farm boy. He should have been calloused to animal husbandry and blood and guts.



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#34 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.41
    Originally posted by Vgmastr
    A few recent examples:


    Not sure if there any Shark Tank fans, but that show got infinitely better when Mark Cuban joined the panel as one the sharks. Him going head-to-head with Kevin or Robert for a deal is fantastic TV.


Adding Cuban was a stroke of genius. The guy makes the show live up to it's name.
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#35 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.69
    Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
      Originally posted by John Orquiola
      Here's another one: Replacing the Pembrokes with the Powells on Charles in Charge. Because it gave us Nicole Eggert.


    And the other sister turned out even hotter. Though old CiC had Gwendolyn...


Ah, Charles In Charge talk always makes me happy. Especially when someone appreciates Josie Davis. B^)

I must say, though, that while the Powells, were a lot hotter than the Pembrokes, the Pembrokes were better characters overall.

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#36 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.59
Face man in the A-team pilot was terrible. Face man in the A-team series was an all-time character.




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#37 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
When they replaced the original Lionel on All I'm The Family, it was a step up. Although the first actor was more aggressive in a Black Panther way, the second was better at selling the storylines.
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#38 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.31
Even though it's been through so many, I need to mention Law and Order here. I would say Jack McCoy over Ben Stone as the EADA. Jack really made the courtroom portion of the show better.

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#39 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.62
    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    When they replaced the original Lionel on All I'm The Family, it was a step up. Although the first actor was more aggressive in a Black Panther way, the second was better at selling the storylines.


Yes.



    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Face man in the A-team pilot was terrible. Face man in the A-team series was an all-time character.


Holy Crap, I forgot about that. i actually was talking about how Superbowl post-shows suck, not like back in the good old days when they debuted The A-Team!

Man, what a difference:





Benedict looks almsot Olson Twin-ish skinny in that pic.



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#40 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.26
    Originally posted by Kevintripod
    Speaking of Cheers, what about Coach vs. Woody ?

    A draw?
Well, since Coach (Nicholas Colasanto) died, I would have to call Woody a REALLY good replacement...
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